Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM unveiled new 390 Duke at the EICMA show in Milan earlier this month. It looks like arrival of this new street fighter in the India market is not so far.
KTM is planning to launch new 390 Duke in January 2017 and deliveries will commence from April, reports MotorBeam. The smaller Duke range that includes 125 Duke, 200 Duke, 250 Duke and the 390 Duke are manufactured in Bajaj Auto's Pune plant for entire world market. Hence launching 390 Duke in India will be easy for the company. In that case, India will be one of the first markets to receive new version of the 390 Duke.
In its latest avatar KTM has given the 390 Duke more menacing looks. Visual updates in the 390 Duke are crispier and closer to the bigger sibling, the 1290 Super Duke. Most notable change up front in the new 390 Duke is the split headlight with LED inserts. The fuel tank has been reworked and tank extensions are now long overlapping with the USD forks. The key slot has been moved from the instrument cluster to the front of fuel tank.
The pillion grab rail in the new 390 Duke has moved to the front. It is now integrated to the faring just behind the rider's seat. New 390 Duke also features a full-size exhaust in place of quirky underbelly exhaust. The motorcycle also comes with new colour scheme highlighted with KTM's signature orange colour.
Unfortunately, KTM has not given a power boost to the new 390 Duke which is a letdown for the enthusiast. The bike is powered by the same 373.2cc, single-cylinder engine that develops 44bhp of power. Braking comes from 320mm front brake disc, gripped by a Brembo-developed By-Bre branded caliper. Additionally, New 390 Duke flaunts a ride-by-wire throttle, full TFT dashboard, an optional MY RIDE multimedia interface, and ABS as standard. The motorcycle also comes in new frame and WP suspension.
New 390 Duke is expected to cost around Rs 20,000 to 30,000 more than its predecessor.